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  • Brandon 1:18 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink
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    The Wire – Week 9: Desperate Times 

    Here are our waiver wire candidates for week nine. As usual, you’ll find players who are either [Startable], a [Stopgap] to get you past a BYE or injury, [Worth a look] and spot on your bench, or [One-week-wonder]s who don’t warrant a roster spot, so you make your roster moves accordingly. You’ll also see the percent owned in parenthesis (and if you see an asterisk by the players name, it means they’re on a BYE this week.)

    Before we start, don’t forget to enter in our contest to win a $50 NFL.com gift card!

    This week the talent is really starting to fall off the cliff, with the only real interesting additions to the list being Texans’ running back Ryan Moats and Chargers’ receiver Malcom Floyd…but even they don’t raise all that much excitement. Anyways, here’s the guys that are still available out there in case you’re in desperate need of help at a position. Hopefully you don’t have to rely on these guys too much!
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    • e-roc 4:07 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – In a non-keeper, would you rather own Cotchery, Maclin, or Wallace?

      • Brandon 4:23 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think Maclin has the most upside of that group. He’s liable to put up a crappy game every once in a while, but he’s getting plenty of looks each game and has big play potential.

    • Amir 4:07 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I was reading some blogs on ESPN and it said Kevin Walter might be the biggest benefactor with Owen Daniels going down — any thoughts on that? and do you think hes worth going out there and trying to trade for?

      • Matt 4:22 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t say that it definitely means Walter’s production will increase. Sure, Schaub will be paying more attention to him, but so will opposing defenses. Walter’s been extremely inconsistent throughout his career, so I don’t think the loss of Daniels is going to make him a fantasy star or even a reliable every-week starter. If you’re thinking of him as a backup and bye-week plugin then yeah, he might be a slightly better one of those with Daniels gone.

        • Squish 8:49 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          A lot of people seem to think that someone always benefits when a great receiver goes down. I find this to be a poor thought process. If anything a team obviously gets worse when a guy goes down. Some other player may get more targets than normal but the chains won’t be moved like normal.

          I mean, did you see any viable benefactors arise in Detroit while CJ was out? Any big benefactors in NE because Welker was out (well Edelman had 1 good game I guess).

          I don’t see Walter doing much this week either way and you’ll know more about his role next week and you’ll still be able to pick him up. If you already have him then feel free to hang on. Problem is AJ and Slaton are still the most targeted active players on the team. I don’t see that changing.

    • Glory Hog 7:21 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon: Should I trade: Frank Gore/Glen Coffee/Jerome Harrison for Mendenhall/Lesean McCoy/Derrick Mason?
      It’s a non-ppr league and I have:
      RB: Deangelo Williams, Mike Bell
      WR: Randy Moss, Greg Jennings, Brent Celek, Percy Harvin

      • Brandon 4:48 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I like this trade. Basically you’re trading Gore for Mendenhall, McCoy and Mason…sounds like a good deal to me! Gore is solid, but won’t get you a whole lot more points from week to week than Mendenhall and the rest of the guys are just a bonus.

        • Squish 8:52 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Watch out here. You are getting the obvious better deal but… backups tend to be a hot commodity down the stretch since they frequently start during playoff weeks. I’d say go for it but only because Harrison will be useless regardless of whether he start or not and because McCoy should start during the playoff weeks. Mendenthal is near equal value for Gore so you won’t lose much there. I’d say go for it.

    • GloryHog 7:29 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      In a Non-PPR league that starts 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLEX, should I trade:
      Frank Gore/Glen Coffee/Jerome Harrison for Mendenhall/Lesean Mccoy/Derrick Mason.
      I have at RB: Deangelo Williams, Mike Bell
      I have WR: Randy Moss, Gregg Jennings, Brent Celek, Percy Harvin

    • apk42 9:27 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Ya’ll

      Just can’t wait for the start or sit thread!

      Brown, McCoy, Wells, Moreno.

      Need 2

      what would you do?

      • GloryHog 12:23 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Moreno, Brown

      • Brandon 5:24 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Glory Hog…go with Ronnie Brown and Knowshon Moreno.

        • apk42 6:19 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Even though Ronnie is @NewEngland?

        • Squish 8:56 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Brown is a wild card this week since nobody really knows how NE will stack up against the wildcat. that being said, if you have him you pretty much must start him. I’d say stay away from Moreno as he’s not even the primary back in Denver in terms of touches and he’s facing the second best run defense in the league.

          I’d play Brown and McCoy if McCoy starts and Brown and Moreno if he doesn’t.

    • apk42 9:27 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      re: Hey Ya’ll

      (ronnie brown)

      • Squish 8:57 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        See my post above. Don’t sweat Brown’s matchup. NE’s giving up an average of 110 yards on the ground (17th) from week to week.

    • Mal 8:28 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys I’ve got Jacobs Turner Portis as my RB (have to start 2 each week) and being offered Forte for Jacobs- thoughts???

      Jacobs splits carries which is painful and Forte doesn’t? I think? However Bears struggle? hmmm?

      • B Cole 9:20 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That’s funny, I was just about to offer that trade to someone. Jacobs has a much easier schedule down the stretch — only top 10 run defenses he faces are the Broncos and Vikings (in wk 17). Forte on the other hand goes up against the Vikings twice, the 49ers, the Cardinals, the Packers, and the Ravens and, given the way Forte’s been playing, I’d prefer Jacobs.

      • Mal 10:56 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your input B, I did notice that- it’s just so painful with Jacobs splitting carries 50/50 with bradshaw and I was livid when bradshaw took the goal line carry when it was jacob’s drive =[

      • Mal 10:58 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        yeah very valid point- Jacobs splitting 50/50 with bradshaw is killer + losing that goal line carry on the weekend when it was jacobs drive was cut throat- i was livid!

      • Matt 11:22 am on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Tough call Mal. I’d lean toward Forte just because of my preference for feature backs. If it’s a PPR league, then I think Forte’s the clear pick. The matchups do stink for Forte going forward, but I still think he’ll be more consistent down the stretch.

        • B Cole 12:55 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply


          What if it’s not a PPR league?

          I am trying to get rid of Forte while his rare double-digit performance is fresh in everyone’s minds. How would you compare him to, say, Marion Barber? Who else would be a reasonable one-for-one?

        • Matt 2:38 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          @B Cole – It isn’t a bad idea to shop Forte around this week after a big game. I wouldn’t give him away for Barber, though. In our non-PPR League of Champions, Forte has 78 fantasy points to Barber’s 72, and Forte’s ceiling is higher given that he gets his hands on the ball more than Barber (16.9 carries per game vs. 14.3 for Barber) and more importantly has crossed the 25-carry threshold twice this season, while Barber has had 15 or fewer carries in all but one game.

          If you’re going to trade him, do it now – he’s not likely to look good against the tough Cards rush D. But get something better for him than Barber.

        • Matt 2:46 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Also, remember that the Bears offense is still figuring itself out with Cutler at the helm. They’ve got some talented pieces but haven’t put it all together yet. A blowout win over a JV team like the Browns might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Forte’s performance is 100% tied to the offensive line figuring out the whole pass-protection thing, thus allowing Cutler to be Cutler, thus forcing defenses to respect the pass, thus opening up some room for Forte to operate. I’m relatively confident that just by virtue of time and experience, the offense will look better in the second half of the season, and Forte’s numbers will improve.

        • Mal 7:03 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Apologies for the double post the first one said there was an error so I thought it didn’t post :S

          As for Forte-Jacobs this is a real doozy and some of those comments Matt I hadn’t considered but are very relevant. Being in Australia I haven’t caught a Bears game on tv all year so I haven’t seen Forte truck it up in the flesh either.

          It’s a non PPR league- what are your thoughts Brandon?

        • Squish 9:03 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’m still not touching Forte with a 10 foot stick. He has a horrible playoff stretch and should be benched the whole way. For most leagues his final 3 match-ups are GB, @Balt, Minn. Trust me when I say you don’t want any of that. My grandma is a better start during that stretch.

    • meany1413 1:04 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys
      I’m once again stuck on who i should start at wide receiver this week. I have steve smith (nyg), Brandon Marshall, Derrick Mason, Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Breaston and Jeremy Maclin. I need to start 3. What do you think? Thanks

      • Squish 9:12 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’d have to say Marshall, Mason and MSW (as hard as it might be to start him again). Maclin is a flier but he doesn’t get the amount of targets the others do. Breaston is only really viable on your team if Boldin or Fitz are out and they look to be healthy again for the most part.

      • Brandon 2:42 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Squish here, go with Marshall, Mason and Sims-Walker. Steve Smith is a close fourth, but he has a tough match-up against the Chargers and I think the Giants will rely heavily on the running game this week.

    • LT 8:07 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon/Matt! I survived week 8 (thanks btw), a very, very close one. I need help on my flex spot (non-PPR)… my options are:
      Ryan Moats (one week wonder???)
      Ricky Williams
      Steve Smith (NYG)
      Austin Collie
      A. Bradshaw


      • Squish 9:07 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I gotta go with Ricky Williams there. Steve Smith is a roughly equal play but in equal situations you always go with the RB since they are guaranteed more touches.

      • Brandon 2:44 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Squish. Steve Smith is a close second, but I don’t like his match-up this week (although honestly I hope Ricky Williams has a bad day, as he’s playing the Patriots!)

    • Stone 10:21 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’m offering to trade Barber + (L Coles, K Walter, or M Wallace) for any Tier 1 receiver. This will leave me with no backup RBs to R Rice and M Turner. Good idea/bad idea? Welker and S Smith (car) are my other WR starts.

      • Squish 4:35 am on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        What kind of format league are you in? Is there a flex position and how many WRs do you start?

        Normally I’d say go for it. If you could get Fitz or Wayne for Barber and Coles, it would be a steal especially if it’s a PPR league. What does your waiver wire look like? What are some of the top RB prospects on it? As long as someone decent is on it to grab in an emergency, you should be fine. I say you go for it. Maybe afterward try to shop around Steve Smith or the WR you acquired for another first rate RB.

        • Stone 1:42 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks. It’s a 3WR non-PPR league, no flex. RBs left include J Stewart, J Charles, L Maroney, D Sproles. If there are no takers, do you recommend Wallace over Coles or Walter this week?

      • Brandon 2:48 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Depending on the receiver you get, this can be a good trade. I’d scoop up Jonathan Stewart in the meantime to give you some depth at running back. As for which receiver to go with this week, I like Kevin Walter the best out of that group as I think he’ll see a few more targets with Owen Daniels out of the line-up.

        • Squish 6:01 am on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          It’s your choice of who to pick up off waivers as your RB but definitely go ahead with the trade. A good one week fill-in at RB is Charles but long term it’s likely Stewart or Sproles. I’d also recommend Walter this week. He’ll be guaranteed more looks than Wallace or Coles this week which is all that really counts in my book.

    • Frank 1:12 am on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I could really use some trade advice, I’m in a league that starts 3 WR, 2RB and a flex, my receivers are Roddy White, Maclin, Knox, Roy Williams, Coles and Andre Caldwell and my running backs are Michael Turner, Ryan Grant, Felix Jones, Mewelde Moore, and Derrick Ward. I have been offered Ricky Williams and Nate Burleson for Roddy White. I’m looking at plugging in Burleson with Maclin and the better matchup the rest of the way among roy williams, coles, and knox and playing Ricky Williams, Grant and Turner as my 2 RB and flex. Should I pull the trigger on the trade? I worry being left without an elite WR.

      • Brandon 2:51 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t do this trade. You’re trading away a must-start receiver each week for a WR and RB that you may not even start from week to week. I think with Felix Jones healthy, he should provide enough fantasy points to hold down the flex position, then you can start White, Maclin and whoever else you think has a good match-up.

    • DJ 2:46 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      For QB this weekend-Warner or A. Smith?
      2RBs-F Gore, R Brown, A Bradshaw, Or L Maroney?
      3 WRs- A Johnson, S Holmes, N Burleson, S Breaston?
      Have had some really crummy weeks. Hoping to change this.

    • Bobby Triplett 10:04 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Brandon, First time reading the blog… i like it bro, well done. Question for you: For my 3rd recieving option who do you like? Antonio Bryant, Lance Moore, Issac Bruce or S Straughter?

      • Brandon 10:30 am on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That’s quite a group of guys you have there Bobby, but I think you’re going to want to go with Isaac Bruce (although Straughter is an option if your league awards points for kick returns.) With Bryant and Straughter competing for catches, it’s hard to go with either of them. Lance Moore might not even play this weekend due to an ankle injury. Go with Bruce and hope he can get some open looks with Michael Crabtree distracting defenses.

    • ryan 4:32 pm on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,

      Who would you start mike wallace or torry holt????

      • Brandon 4:43 pm on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I would usually say Mike Wallace, but Holt is playing at home and has a much easier match-up. Go with Torry Holt this week.

        • ryan 8:30 pm on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Yah I think Holt is the better play but he burned me last week haha with a great matchup. Thanks for your help.

  • Matt 1:55 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink
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    Desperation is a Stinky Cologne: Deep Sleepers for Week 6 

    If you’ve already perused Brandon’s waiver report for this week and still can’t find anyone on your league’s waiver wire to fill that gaping hole in your roster, it’s time for a hail mary. Here’s a look at some players who are currently owned in fewer than one third of Yahoo leagues who might just make a decent play this week.

    Plug ‘n’ Pray = High-risk, high-reward players who, given the right circumstances, could make you look like a goshdarned genius – or a blithering fool.
    Plug ‘n’ Yawn = If you can’t stand the sight of a goose egg, these players are a good bet to get you at least a few fantasy points.

    Jamaal Charles, RB, KC – Plug ‘n’ Yawn – The Chiefs are using Charles a decent amount in the passing game (5 catches last week), so he’s probably good for at least a few points, especially in PPR leagues. Given starter Larry Johnson’s brutal 2.4 YPC so far, it wouldn’t shock me if the Chiefs finally decided to give Charles a shot at earning a bigger portion of the rushing workload at some point.

    Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU Plug ‘n’ Pray – So far this season, the Bengals (Houston’s opponent this week) have been able to very effectively bottle up their opponents’ top receiver week after week (see Andy Behrens’ post on the Big Orange Machine). But, as Behrens points out, they’re still allowing a lot of passing yardage. If the pattern holds, the Texans are going to need Jones to step up and keep the passing attack moving. If you’re looking for this week’s Miles Austin… look elsewhere, but Jones has a decent shot at hauling in a big reception or two. If your league’s scoring includes return yards, this three-time AFC Player of the Week has your name written all over him. Wait – my mistake, that’s actually the state of Louisiana.

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  • Brandon 12:26 am on December 20, 2008 Permalink
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    Hits and Misses – Week 16: Take a ride in the PT Cruiser! 

    Of all the cars out there to get a nickname from (see: Cadillac Williams), I’m not sure I would want people calling me the name of one of the worst new vehicles to come out this century, but whatever works I guess! It apparently IS working for Saints running back Pierre Thomas, who has put up some great fantasy numbers over the past few weeks in an offense that is traditionally pass-first (and made a lot of fantasy team managers very happy in the process.) This weekend you should have the PT Cruiser parked right in the RB1 or RB2 slot on your roster when the Saints head to Detroit, helping your team cruise to a fantasy football championship!


    • Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: Although I recommend a few of our readers sit the PT Cruiser last week, this week my tune has changed a bit. The Saints head to Detroit on Sunday to play a Lions team that has been absolutely dreadful against the run this year, allowing 169 yards per game (4.9 ypc) to opposing tailbacks, while allowing them to rack up 26 touchdowns. With Reggie Bush out of the picture, expect a big day for Thomas.
    • Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers: For all of you who snagged Antonio Bryant off the waiver wire in the middle of the season, you have to be loving your decision at this point. In most leagues, Bryant has now racked you up around 300 yards and a couple touchdowns through the first two rounds of the playoffs, and I’m predicting that he’ll continue that trend against a bad San Diego Chargers defense. You know those commercials that ESPN had for the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame? If Bryant comes through this weekend, I think you need to add him for next year’s ads. (More …)
    • e-roc 10:37 pm on December 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – I’m glad I stumbled onto the FFGeekblog when I did (week 13?), because I’ve since become the champion of my 10-team league (even though I unintentionally benched Wayne). Week 17 still counts for us in the points-race where I’m currently 3rd (top 2 get paid). Thanks for the guidance!

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 10:57 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Glad we could help you out. This is only our second year in existence, but thanks to readers like you we’ve been pretty successful so far. We’re hoping to get even better next season, so if you have any recommendations on things that would be helpful to you that we don’t currently offer, please let us know!

    • @Brandon 11:06 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Keep up the good work. I’ll let you know if I think of anything. but for now, I’m looking forward to next August and your draft insight.

    • Keke 8:31 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wow if u guys like Forte i could probly get u tickets
      he goes to me church

  • Brandon 12:16 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink
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    The Wire: Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 16, 2008 

    As we head to the CHAMPIONSHIP, there’s a pretty good chance that your team is already set and you are not in need of any desperation picks. Just in case though, here’s a look at the players to target on your league’s waiver wire this week. This list is ordered by the percentage of ESPN leagues in which the player is available, but even if you’re not a ESPN user, it’s a decent indication of how likely you are to find the player on waivers in your league. We also note here how strongly we feel about this pickup with three categories: Instant Starter, Grab ‘n’ Stash, or Desperation Pickup.

    LaMont Jordan, RB, Patriots (4.4% owned, Desperation Pickup) – Maybe it was the return to his old team that got him revved up for the game on Sunday, but he somehow racked up 97 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries. Will he put up these numbers again while splitting carries with Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk? Probably not. Is it possible? I guess anything’s possible.

    DeSean Foster, RB, 49ers (11.4% owned, Desperation Pickup) – If you’re a Frank Gore owner, you should already have Foster on your roster. Otherwise, he’s worth a look as he could get another start this weekend against a bad Rams defense if they decide to rest Gore a little longer. Foster played pretty well last week when given the start, rushing and receiving for a combined 101 yards. (More …)

    • Roger 3:54 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon,

      Thanks for your suggestions with my recievers last week. I made it to the bowl game. I was wondering if you think Torry Holt would be a good start this week. Like before I have Cotchery, Bruce, or Holt. Need 2!!! Let me know.. thanks bro.

    • e-roc 4:40 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon, watch, I’ll start Pierre Thomas this week and he’ll end up with 50 yards and no TDs. Just wait and see… On the bright side, I was able to limp into the Championship game and I’m assured “cash money!” (the way Wilmer Valderrama says it).

      Would you start Antonio Bryant over Boldin, Marshall, or Wayne this week? Maybe if it’s snowing in Foxboro?

      @Roger, I’m not a pro, but my vote would be for Holt & Bruce.

    • Brandon 9:15 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Roger: I have to agree with e-roc above and recommend you start Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. Even with the touchdown last weekend, Jericho Cotchery has just been too inconsistent to play at this important juncture in your fantasy season.

    • Brandon 9:37 pm on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Hah, yeah…don’t worry, you won’t find Pierre Thomas on my “Miss” list this weekend. I’ve finally drunk the PT kool-aid and believe in him. In terms of which receivers you start, you got quite a crew there! It’s hard for me to recommend you bench any of them for Antonio Bryant, but if you had to pick one, I would say Anquan Boldin (gasp!) Even though Boldin was a machine early in the season, the past few weeks defenses have been keying in on him and his stats have been suffering because of it. Although the Patriots defense isn’t anything to write home about, I think they’ll have a game plan to stop both Boldin and Fitz and make the Cardinals try to run the ball. Bryant has been on fire as of late and it’s hard to bench someone who’s playing that well. So for the short answer, yes…I would bench Boldin for Bryant (and I’ll cross my fingers for you if you listen to my advice!)

    • Pat 4:43 am on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys,
      I have some tough decisions this week. For receivers, core is set but I need to choose for my W/T and W/R spots. My choices a D. Branch, D. Hixon, and D. Northcutt.
      Also, in running backs, I am at a loss for who to start. I have J. Norwood, J.J. Arrington, T. Choice, M. Moore, and S. Morris. I have constantly been starting Norwood throughout the season and he has consistently produced for me. And I still want to start Arrington because he saved me in my game last week. But I just don’t know what to do after Choice’s strong performance last week and a possibly good matchup for Morris against Arizona D.
      Lastly, I have Minnesota’s D, but I’m conidering picking up New Orleans D since they play Detroit this week. Your feelings?

    • Brandon 9:58 am on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Pat: In terms of your receivers, I’d go with Branch and Hixon. Dennis Northcutt had a huge game last week, but before that, he hadn’t done anything all season. Also, this week Nortcutt plays a tough Colts pass defense.

      For your running backs, I like Sammy Morris and Tashard Choice…especially if Choice gets the start. Norwood, Arrington and Moore all remain as backups used more in the passing game than the rushing game and it’s hard to predict what they’re going to do from week to week.

      Finally, for your defense, go with Minnesota. Detroit has actually started putting up some points recently and for some reason I have a feeling that this could be their first win of the season this weekend against an inconsistent Saints team.

    • e-roc 12:15 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @brandon – Thanks. I’ll be scouring Accuweather.com, Weather.com, and whdh.com (Boston) Sunday morning.

      I’m already looking forward to next year’s season/draft.

    • Brandon 12:31 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: As a Patriots fan, I’m hoping that the conditions are less-than-optimal for the passing game, as I’ll take the New England running game over the ferocious Tim Hightower/J.J. Arrington combo in Arizona any day.

    • Muko 7:19 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply


      I’ve never commented here, but have definitely used your advice. I’m in the champ. but have had a rough year in terms of RB’s, considering I drafted Addai and W. Parker. At this point my choices are:

      K. Smith
      S. Morris
      J. Addai
      W. Parker
      T. Choice
      D. Foster

      Right now, I’m planning on playing Sammy Morris and Kevin Smith. After reading the blog I’m considering subbing one of these out for either T. Choice or D. Foster. What do you think?

    • Brandon 10:25 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Muko: Glad my advice could help you make it to the Championship! In terms of your running backs, I agree with the two that you already were planning to play. Tashard Choice will still probably “backup” Marion Barber, so he’ll have to make the most of his carries, while I simply do not have enough faith in DeSean Foster to recommend you start him in such an important game. Go with Kevin Smith and Sammy Morris and hope they can both repeat their stats from last week.

    • Johnny 12:46 am on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply


      I am in the championship game and I am in need of some help. I have Michael Turner and Matt Forte starting at running back, but my flex options are either Sammy Morris or Brandon Jacobs. I have LOVED Jacobs, but he could still be hurt against Carolina . Sammy is playing well, and he is against Arizona too. I can’t decided between the two…..

    • Brandon 9:08 am on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Johnny: At this point it looks like Brandon Jacobs will get the dreaded “game time decision” designation, which is going to be tough for you because the Giants play Sunday night, while the Patriots play Sunday afternoon (1 PM). As it’s the Championship, you really don’t want to gamble on a player to play when you won’t be able to replace him at the last minute (unless you have someone else from the Sunday or Monday night games). I’d go with Sammy Morris, who I think should do well…especially if the weather is detrimental to the passing game. Good luck!

    • Roger 4:40 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I have another magical issue to ask of you guys… I am going with the Dallas Def at home Saturday night but also have Philly. Is this a good move to leave Dallas in? Also, does anyone see Kurt Warner having a bad game or sitting out some of the game in New England. I am from Boston and the snow is burying us now and Sunday will be messy. Garcia on bench. Throw some ideas if possible. Thanks

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 5:57 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Roger: As you know (I’m down here in CT), the snow is pretty nasty today and there’s supposed to be another storm coming through on Sunday. I’d wait till tomorrow to make the ultimate decision, because A) you want to know when the snow will hit on Sunday and B) you want to make for sure that Jeff Garcia will be starting (although at this point it looks pretty good for that). If the weather will be any factor in Foxboro, go with Garcia. If not, take the chance on Warner who should be able to handle the Patriots secondary quite handily if he can throw the ball.

      In terms of your defense, I like both Dallas and Philly this week, but I think you can stick to Dallas at home. The Cowboys have been great on defense lately and we saw what Baltimore does against a good defense last week when they put up a big 9 spot against the Steelers. Good luck!

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 8:30 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like Anquan Boldin will not play this Sunday against the Patriots (at least that’s what ESPN just told me), so if you have an alternative, you better plug him into your lineup.

    • Mike 12:00 pm on December 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hope it isn’t to late for some advice, but here goes. I have Rothlesburger, Matt Ryan and and Tyler Thigpen. Any advice on who I should start? I also have Dwanye Bowe on my bench so would it be smart to sit Brandon Jacobs since he is a game time decision and put in Tyler Thigpen and Dwanye Bowe? I am already down 30, opponent had Manning on Thursday. Any advice would be great.

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 12:18 pm on December 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Mike: I’m not too high on any of those quarterbacks this week, but if I had to pick from the three, I’d go with Matt Ryan who should have a decent day against the Vikings. I don’t like the idea of playing Thigpen AND Bowe, so this will that up. In terms of Bowe or Jacobs, I’d wait until tomorrow morning and see if Jacobs is going to play for sure or not. If he is, I think he’s a better play than Bowe, as Jacobs is more likely to find the endzone.

    • Mike 10:43 am on December 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Should I be starting Brandon Jacobs today. According to CBS, he is listed as questionable and most likely will be playing. My other options aren’t too great and I need to make up a large deficit and playing Jacobs on the off chance he has a great game is my best bet. Have you read anything about his status?

    • Brandon (FFGeekBlog) 12:14 pm on December 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Mike: According to Yahoo, which was reporting an ESPN news story:

      Jacobs said Friday that he expects to play Sunday night against Carolina, Newsday reports. “Yes, I will be out there on the field come Sunday,” Jacobs told 1050 ESPN’s Michael Kay in his weekly spot.

      Recommendation: Jacobs practiced well all week, so barring a setback he should be good to go. It’s still a slight risk, however, as the Giants play Sunday night, and any tweak even in warmups could be enough to keep him out. ”

      So it looks like Jacobs should play this weekend. If you happen to have Ahmad Bradshaw or Derrick Ward, you could sub them in last minute if things change, but I think you’re safe putting Jacobs in your lineup this week. Good luck!

  • Brandon 5:25 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink
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    Hits and Misses – Week 15: Time for an encore 

    In most of my leagues, week 15 means we’re two games away from a 2008 fantasy football championship, so the hits and misses this week are magnified dramatically. In some twist of fate, neither of my best fantasy teams were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs this year, meaning I’m right there with you in using my own advice to get to the next round.

    In terms of the action this weekend, it’s not usually my style to piggy back on a player (or players) who had a great game last week, but this weekend when Carolina hosts the Broncos, it’s too good to pass up. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart had a game for the ages in week 14 and while I don’t expect an exact repeat performance, something close would be nice! Anyways, let’s jump into the hits and misses for the week, starting with the Panthers two-headed monster…


    • DeAngelo Williams / Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers (vs DEN): The new heirs to the Smash & Dash nickname played out of this world last week, with both Williams and Stewart breaking the century mark and scoring two touchdowns each against a Tampa Bay defense that had only allowed one rushing touchdown all season! While I don’t expect a repeat of those touchdown numbers this weekend, even against a worse defense, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see them run for 100 yards and a score each against a Broncos team that is giving up nearly five yards per carry and almost 140 rushing yards per game (and that includes some teams that are MUCH worse at running the ball than the Panthers.) I also need to mention that I recommended to a couple people that they start Jonathan Stewart over Pierre Thomas this week…so let’s hope steps it up and makes me look smart! (More …)
    • emmdawg52 10:26 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Some player to watch for this week are Tyler Thigpen QB, KC – Devone Bess WR MIA, Reggie Williams WR JAC, Seneca Wallace QB, SEA, LeRon McClain RB BAL, and the KC DST. There are some Fantacy Pints Made To Be Here. Trust Me.

    • emmdawg52 10:29 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Marion Barber isn’t worth the effert this week. He may get a couple of Fantacy Points before he gets hurt again

    • Brandon 11:32 am on December 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @emmdawg52: Glad you agree with many of my picks for the week!

    • e-roc 9:55 am on December 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Already looking forward to your Week 16 posts… My match-ups in the Championship game are horrendous atrocious….

    • Brandon 10:03 am on December 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @e-roc: Glad to hear you made the championship! I made it to the final game in two out of the three leagues that I was in the playoffs for, so I can’t complain too much.

    • Matt 12:51 pm on December 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, and in so doing you knocked out my keeper team… bastard.

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